Piermont may be a small village, but it’s one with a long history. Nyack’s southward neighbor was in the thick of the Industrial Revolution. Piermont got its first papermill in 1901, erected by M.R. Williams, president of the Chicago Coated Board Company. The factory was transformative. For the next 80 years, the village, which had been in decline since the Erie Railroad’s terminus relocation to Jersey City, became a thriving blue-collar community.
A new collection of stories about that period of Piermont history will be released on March 10 narrated by one of the village’s most famous sons. Tom Chapin. “The Piermont PaperMill: Stories From The Factory” will be premiered at Piermont Historical Society’s Annual Dinner Dance. Bonnie Chapin will join her husband as honorary co-chair at the “Speakeasy.” Roaring 20s flappers will dance the Charleston and, yes, there will be alcohol.
Chapin, a renowned children’s performer, is also a history buff. He has previously narrated “Last Stop USA… Piermont during WWII,” which was a hit at last year’s fundraiser.
Tickets are on sale online now. Purchase by February 28th to save $10.
For more information go to PiermontHistorySociety.org.